TNT Highlights Eight Female Storytellers Through Shatterbox Film Series with Refinery29

TNT Highlights Eight Female Storytellers Through Shatterbox Film Series with Refinery29

Through a partnership with TNT and Refinery29, Shatterbox is a film series that gives female storytellers a platform to create short films that redefine identity, imagination and storytelling through the female lens.This year's class of prestigious female directors include Yara Shahidi, Gillian Jacobs, Academy Award-nominated Jessica Sanders, A.M. Lukas (aka Anna Martemucci),

Allana Harkin, Gilly Barnes, Ivy Agregan and Janine Sherman Barrois, showrunner and executive producer of TNT's Claws.


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Yara Shahidi is an actress, activist, and breakout star of comedy series BLACK-ISH and its hit spinoff, Grown-ish. Shahidi is one of Hollywood's most heralded young talents as she continues to use her platform to empower and inspire others.

Other accolades include:

NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress

Gracie Award for Female in a Breakthrough Role

TIME's 30 Most Influential Teens list

The face of The Hollywood Reporter's "Young Hollywood" issue


Directed Curated

Gillian Jacobs is one of Hollywood's most vibrant young actresses and can be seen in the Netflix original series, Love, and the critically acclaimed comedy, Community, where she was nominated for a Broadcast Television Journalists Association Award in the category of Best Comedy Supporting Actress.

Other credits include:


Life Of The Party

Walk of Shame

Hot Tub Time Machine 2


Directed French Fries

Janine Sherman Barrois is an award-winning writer/producer who has recently signed an exclusive multi-year overall deal with Warner Brothers to create and develop new series. Currently, she is the showrunner/executive producer on the TNT hit dramedy CLAWS and has just sold her suburban family drama, Hinges, which she is partnering with John Wells Productions and Emmy-winning director Anthony Hemingway.

Other credits and accolades include:

Executive producer on the CBS hit series Criminal Minds

Executive producer on ER

NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series on her episode of CLAWS titled "Batshit"

Humanitas Award for her writing on ER


Directed The Godmother

Allana Harkin is a producer, correspondent and segment director for TBS's Full Frontal with Samantha Bee. She was nominated for a 2017 Emmy Award for her work on the "Not The White House Correspondents' Dinner" episode.

Other writing credits include:


Nick Jr



Comedic play Real Estate


Directed End of the Line,

Jessica Sanders is an Academy Award-nominated, Sundance and Cannes winning filmmaker and commercial director. Sanders is now directing Picking Cotton, based on a story from After Innocence and best-selling book by Jennifer Thompson, Ronald Cotton and Erin Torneo.

Other directorial credits include:


Almost Asian

I Want To Feel Fun

A.M. LUKAS (Anna Martemucci)

Directed One Cambodian Family For My Pleasure Please,

A.M. Lukas (nee Anna Martemucci) is a filmmaker, writer and actor. She made her debut as a writer-director in the coming of age comedy, Hollidaysburg. It was praised by top film critics and its screenplay was honored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Other directorial credits include:

Breakup at a Wedding




Directed Are You Still Singing?

A seasoned commercial director (clients include Nike, Sony, DirecTV, American Express, Ford Motors, ABC, NBC, Atlantic Records, Tylenol, Bounty, ESPN,, Barnes is the recipient of an Emmy award for spots commissioned by PBS, and an Addy award for her directing work with Optimum Online.

Other directorial credits include:

CNN Heroes

Lip Sync Battle

The Snob's Dictionary


Directed CTRL

Ivy Agregan is a renowned visual effects producer and director who is best known for her collaborations with director Alejandro Iñárritu. As the visual effects producer for The Revenant, she pushed boundaries of cinema by orchestrating elaborate CGI sequences including the infamous bear attack scene.

Other credits include:



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